The controversial story of Lunga Goodman Nono is the latest buzz sweeping the streets of Cape Town. This 51-year-old busker was reportedly removed with vicious content by metro police officers after it was discovered that he was playing after his permitted hours as instructed by law.
This story has a taken a heavily sensational spin- portrayed by the media and bystanders- as words like “Police brutality” have been thrown around and linked to the story.
The removal of Lunga was seen as harsh by eye-witnesses as the metro police physically assisted Mr Nono into the police van and served him with a R1500 fine for disobeying the law. The treatment of the blind guitarist was seen and portrayed as unfair and unjustly by bystanders and print publications. It was also reported that during the struggle to detain Mr Nono, the Police officers allegedly broke his guitar.
The other side to the story is that the police were doing their job as best they could. It was reported that the metro police did give Mr Nono numerous warnings and chances to desist and yet he did not comply.
Bystanders and locals were outraged by this event that on Wednesday, the 10th of July at 1pm, they took to the streets of Greenmarket Square(where Mr Nono was removed) to protest the unnecessary actions taken by police. In depth they are also protesting for the police to stop with the heinous arrests for crimes that are extremely unnecessary. They believe that arresting someone for performing for money should not be of high priority when people are being robbed and drugs are being sold.
Tommy Le Roux started a Facebook page to help stimulate the protest and draw more protesters in to rally against “police brutality”. The page is called Buskers Peaceful Protest and has received a great number of support and supporters.
This was not the first time Mr Nono was arrested. He did, however, receive a document from his last arrest stating that no police officer should detain him. The metro police believed that the document didn’t suffice and arrested him anyway.